Monday, 20 February 2017

So your smear is abnormal...

Your first cervical smear is always the scariest. When that dreaded letter drops through your letterbox, just before your twenty-fifth birthday, you're not exactly going to be jumping for joy. I know I wasn't. That's why I put my smear off for over a year; working myself up into an anxious mess every time I even thought about booking the appointment. But let me tell you now, your smear? It's nothing! Lie down, spread your legs and take a few deep breaths. It's over before you know it, I promise. It's what comes next for some women that's scary.

After my smear, I wondered why I'd made such a big deal out of it. And then I waited for my results. A few weeks passed, and I'd put the smear test out of my mind. My grandma advised me if I hadn't heard from the lab within a few days, my results were likely to be clear. So you can imagine how surprised I was when my letter finally arrived, about three weeks after my test, telling me they'd found abnormal cells on my cervix. 

If you're anything like me, you're probably going to feel scared, nervous and worried if your results come back as abnormal. I firmly believe that a lot of those feelings come from fear of the unknown. If this is your first time being called in for a colposcopy, you might find that the NHS leaflets provided don't help in preparing you. You want to know what to expect at your appointment, and what an abnormal result really means. So here's what you need to know...

Sunday, 19 February 2017

What's Inside My Makeup Bag!

So, about a week ago, I wrote a blog post sharing what's inside my handbag, in which I promised to share the contents of my makeup bag in a future post. Which is exactly what I'm doing now! I love my makeup bag, which is relatively new, actually! It was part of the Alice in Wonderland range of Christmas gifts, and I picked it up whilst Christmas shopping. Gotta treat yo'self, right?!

Here's what's inside my makeup bag...

Friday, 17 February 2017

Book Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Forever using my cat's blanket as a photo background - lol
Gosh, it's been a long time since I dedicated a whole blog post to a book review, hasn't it? In fact, looking back over my blog post history, the last book review I posted was in June! Which is ridiculous, since I read, like, one book a week! If you follow me on Twitter (cheeky plug, there!) you might recall that some time before Christmas I ran a poll asking if anyone would be interested in weekly book reviews, right here on my blog. Well, a surprising amount of you said yes, and so I promised to post weekly book reviews. And then I forgot all about it. I'm really good at forgetting about stuff - if I don't write it down, it ain't happening! But finally, I'm here, with a book review. And with a bit of luck, and actually writing it down this time, I'll be here again next week with another book review! Don't get your hopes up though, there's still a good chance I'll forget again! 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Haul Post!

I have a confession to make; I've been indulging in an awful lot of retail therapy lately! Over the last year or so, I've only posted a haul post every couple of months. But so far this year, I've posted three haul posts in quite quick succession. But it's not my fault! First, there were the January sales. Now, Lush have released their Valentine's Day range. What's a girl to do? Here's what I've been buying lately!

Monday, 13 February 2017

My Pandora Bracelet

It might be a bit of a blogger cliche, but I bloody love my Pandora bracelet. Becca does too, and it was her post that inspired me to share my own bracelet, and the charms I've accumulated so far! I've actually only had my Pandora for just over a year. Two Christmases, one birthday and a few other smaller, but no less significant events later, and I've got quite the full bracelet! 

You might be wondering, what is the point of this post? Well, there is no point, really! I just wanted to document my Pandora, the charms, and what it means to me right here on my blog. And maybe my collection will inspire you, if you have a Pandora and a birthday, or other occasion, coming up! Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and Pandora have some gorgeous new charms out especially for the occasion. Drop some hints around your loved one, or just treat yourself! 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Let's Talk Weddings: The Date Is Set!

Hey guys, guess what? We've only gone and bloody done the impossible. Or rather, what I thought was impossible. Yep, we've agreed on a venue and set the date! It's been quite the journey since getting engaged at the end of May! And after all the wedding fairs and open days we've been to, at various local hotels, we've finally settled on a simpler, smaller affair.

It's amazing to me how, when you first get engaged, you think you know exactly what you want. And then, over a period of months, after countless open days, wedding fairs and arguments, you come to the realisation that what you thought you wanted isn't what you wanted at all. Cryptic, much? 

Friday, 10 February 2017

What's Inside My Handbag...Take Two!

It's been well over a year since I last wrote a "What's Inside My Handbag" post! There have been many handbag changes in that year; both in terms of the handbag itself, and the content inside! And I'm actually no longer using this bag, either! But I'm not retaking the photos, and only the bag has changed (okay, and the purse!) In fact, I'll include a photo of the new bag and purse at the end of this post. But everything else remains the same! Here's what's inside my handbag...
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